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Navistar to pay $52 million, reduce air pollution as part of settlement with feds

The agreement ends a case the government brought accusing the Lisle truck maker of violating the Clean Air Act.

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A word about the word too many of us are afraid to say

Hospice care is a necessary part of life

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Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine more than 90% effective in kids

The shots could begin in early November, with the first children in line fully protected by Christmas, if regulators give the go-ahead.

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Whether Medicare dental care should be based on income subject of hot debate in Congress

As Democrats try to design a dental benefit for the program, one idea being considered calls for limiting it based on income. But that’s drawing a lot of opposition.

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After seven years, AMITA Health partnership breaking up

The company announced Thursday that AdventHealth and Ascension will go their separate ways, although no time frame was given.

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Hospital system employees face firing as vaccine mandate deadlines approach

Advocate Aurora Health has fired more than 400 employees who refused to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Other hospitals are threatening to fire employees or approaching deadlines for their own vaccine mandates.

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Call the midwife? State Senate passes measure to license midwives without nursing degrees to ‘give folks options and choices’

State Sen. Cristina Castro, D-Elgin, said the bill creating a licensing process for midwives is a "historic measure," one that has been in the works since 1986.

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‘I have multiple sclerosis,’ John King tells CNN viewers

Anchor reveals the MS diagnosis during an on-air discussion of COVID-19 vaccine manndates.

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Racism is a public health crisis, New York City Board of Health says, joining Chicago, others

‘To build a healthier New York City, we must confront racism as a public health crisis,’ said Dr. Dave Chokshi, the city’s health commissioner.

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Dental hygienists in Illinois face a roadblock from dentists lobby as they’ve pushed to do more

The failure of legislation to allow hygienists wider duties illustrates the power of the Illinois State Dental Society. Illinois trails many states in allowing dental hygienists unsupervised contact with patients.

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McKinley Park asphalt plant fined after hundreds of complaints, owner is appealing

MAT Asphalt is objecting to the $4,000 fine after an inspector reported "odors of rotten eggs and fine particulate was blowing at me."

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She never planned to get vaccinated. Seeing other pregnant women die from COVID changed her mind.

Only a third of pregnant women are fully vaccinated, according to recent CDC data, despite having a higher risk of severe illness if they contract the virus.

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Former President Bill Clinton hospitalized for non-COVID-19-related infection

"He is on the mend, in good spirits and is incredibly thankful to the doctors, nurses, and staff providing him with excellent care," a Clinton spokesman said via statement.

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FDA panel endorses lower-dose Moderna COVID shot for booster

Advisers to the agency voted unanimously to recommend a booster shot for seniors, adults with other health problems, jobs or living situations that put them at higher risk.

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Wendy Williams dealing with ‘ongoing health issues,’ show will continue with guest hosts

A recent IG post explained Williams is under medical supervision, meeting with her medical team on a daily basis due to "serious complications as a direct result of Graves’ disease and her thyroid condition."

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Medical group says businesses can go mask optional if employees are 100% vaccinated

The Chicago Medical Society is recommending eased masking requirements for businesses who can control whether only vaccinated people are allowed inside.

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FDA authorizes first e-cigarettes, cites benefit for smokers

The Food and Drug Administration said data submitted by the company showed its Vuse e-cigarettes helped smokers either quit or significantly reduce their use of cigarettes, the leading preventable cause of death in the U.S.

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Chicago rips Indiana steel company for threatening our drinking water after 2 spills

Both the EPA and city on Friday called the situation at U.S. Steel in Portage "unacceptable."

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Will County resident is first Illinoisan to die from West Nile virus this year

Last year, the state reported 42 human cases of West Nile including four deaths.

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New treatments changing the lives of people with breast cancer, and more promise lies ahead

New treatments enable people with early stage disease to avoid a recurrence and those with advanced cancer to stop counting their future in months.

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‘The Chi’ breast cancer plot leads actress on real-life journey to help Black women overly impacted by disease

When her character, "Jada," was diagnosed with breast cancer on this season’s "The Chi," it started actress Yolonda Ross’ real-life journey to support Black women dealing with this cancer. On Oct. 30, Ross will unveil a photo exhibit and partnership donating $100,000 to three Chicago organizations at an event in Bridgeport.

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Senior tenants at low-income buildings push for safer building conditions

Residents of River North’s Evergreen Towers I and II call on management to restore safety measures that they said were scaled back during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Oil spill closes Lake Michigan beaches; 2nd discharge in 2 weeks by U.S. Steel in Indiana

The oil leaked from the same plant that let out a large amount of iron — causing a plume of rust-colored liquid in the lake — in late September.

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Federal judge orders Texas to suspend new law banning most abortions

The order by U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman is the first legal blow to the Texas law known as Senate Bill 8, which until now had withstood a wave of early challenges.

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In California, where new Black moms are far more likely to die, a law aims to reduce that racial disparity

The state will give lower-income women health insurance for up to one year after pregnancy instead of for two months and take other steps to cut the number of deaths.

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Johnson & Johnson seeks US clearance for COVID-19 vaccine booster doses

Johnson & Johnson said it filed a request with the FDA to authorize boosters for people 18 and older who previously received the company’s one-shot vaccine.

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Experimental pill cuts worst effects of COVID-19: Drugmaker Merck

The company said it will soon ask health officials in the U.S. and around the world to authorize the pill’s use. A decision from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration could come within weeks after that, and the drug, if it gets the OK, could be distributed quickly soon afterward.

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Getting off antidepressants can be very difficult even for those willing to try, study finds

Previous research also found relapse is common. An editorial published with the study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that medication for life might be advised for some.

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Indiana Dunes beaches reopen after U.S. Steel spills iron into Lake Michigan

Indiana, federal environmental officials declare the water is safe for humans after high levels of iron flowed into the lake.

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Lake County man dies of rabies after bat bite

This was the first case of human rabies in Illinois since 1954, the Illinois Department of Public Health said.

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Biden, McConnell get COVID-19 boosters, encourage vaccines

The shots came on the first workday after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration recommended a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine for Americans 65 and older and approved them for others with preexisting medical conditions and high-risk work environments.

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City’s new vaccination plan aims to vaccinate 77% of all residents by year’s end

The Protect Chicago 77 vaccination initiative draws its name from the city’s 77 official community areas.